Catalina

Address: New South Head Road Rose Bay NSW 2029
Phone: 02 9371 0555

Tags: mediterranean, wine list, seafood, licensed, vegetarian options, booking, cocktails, outdoor terrace

Catalina is one of Australia’s great destination restaurants situated on a landmark Rose Bay site on Sydney Harbour’s eastern foreshore.

Michael and Judy McMahon opened Catalina in 1994 with a simple goal: to be Sydney’s favourite place to eat the best by the water.

Rose Bay was the site of Australia's first international airport. From 1938, flying boats, including the famous Catalinas ruled the skies. In 1957, local identity Jim Bendroit built a restaurant and nightclub called Caprice, jutting out over the water. Caprice captivated Sydney-siders for years and was the hottest spot in town.

After the heyday of the Caprice era and years after the last of the big flying boats had flown out, the McMahons extensively renovated the building with architect Leigh Prentice. The restaurant was designed as a homage to the beauty of Sydney Harbour. Diners have a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour at water-level, punctuated only by the comings and goings of a working harbour, and incoming commuter sea planes based in front of the restaurant.

Catalina is one of only a few restaurants in Sydney whose kitchen remains open from midday to late. Diners are welcome all day (full menu available).

Guests may also use the balcony bar facilities without the need to have a full meal.

Catalina's fresh and authentic menus are inspired by the classics - French, Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean.

In keeping with the harbourside location, seafood is a Catalina specialty. Oysters are shucked to order, and long-standing relationships with Sydney's leading suppliers provide us with the best line-caught fish. The highest quality meat and poultry are sourced from all over Australia.

In addition to the a la carte menu, Master Sushi Chef Yoshi Fuchigami produces standout Sushi and Sashimi Wednesday through to Sunday. Yoshi has been an integral part of the Catalina team for the past 12 years, and has developed a dedicated following amongst Catalina's regular clientele.

Catalina has a beautiful outdoor bar area, overlooking one of Sydney Harbour's most beautiful bays.

You can sit on Sydney's most beautiful verandah any time (weather permitting) and experience Catalina in a more casual way, with a delicious selection of bar food and a great new cocktail list.



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